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At HerMedSpa, we offer one of the worlds’ leading brands of facial injections – Botox – to improve the appearance of your skin. Schedule a consultation.
Botox injection has now become one of the most requested procedures in facial rejuvenation. Botox is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year.
Botulinum toxin is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles and is a gold standard for treating Crow’s feet, forehead lines, frown lines & other areas.
How does it work?
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When surveyed, 62% of respondents (n=342) say treatment is worth the investment.† In fact, BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only treatment of its kind evaluated by the FDA for safety and efficacy in three treatment areas, as well as for patient satisfaction in frown lines and forehead lines in adults.
Botox works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralyzing them. In order for muscles to contract, nerves release acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract . Injected botulinum toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine and injected muscle can’t contract. That allows muscles to become less stiff and makes the wrinkles relax and soften.
How is the procedure done?
Botox injections are usually performed in a doctor’s office. Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. But there are also different methods that might be used to numb the area if needed, such as topical anesthesia, ice and vibration anesthesia, which uses massage to reduce discomfort. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles (most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet -lines around the eye, and frown lines) with only minor discomfort.
Most people think that cosmetic skin treatments can interfere with the natural look of the skin. They are worried the skin would look unnatural after the therapy. However, this is just a rumor.
It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect, and it is best to avoid alcohol and smoking starting at least one week before the procedure.
The effects from Botox will last three to six months. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time.
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which end in 24 to 48 hours, can happen, but this is rare.
After the procedure do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This may help prevent the toxin from spreading to a different area. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure.
Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox.
If performed carefully by an expert skin health specialist, Botox provides natural-looking results and enhances a youthful appearance. Botox can be used as a preventative measure to delay the appearance of wrinkles. By injecting these compounds into the muscles, we can control muscle contractions and keep the facial contour smooth.
Why Use Botox?
Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is FDA-approved to treat crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines, but it’s also used in other areas, including the lips, nose, lower face, neck, and even downturned smiles. The toxin treats wrinkles created by repeated muscle movement (think: frown lines and furrowing your brow). Beyond aesthetic applications, Botox injections are also used to treat a variety of medical conditions that affect how the body functions. Examples include: cervical dystonia, muscle contractures, hyperhidrosis, chronic migraine, lazy eye, bladder dysfunction, eye twitching.
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How long does Botox last and when do I begin to see results?
Botox generally lasts about 4 months. It begins to work within a few days and can take up to 2 weeks to see full effect.
Is there anyone that should not get Botox?
We do not do Botox on pregnant women. There are some patients with rare neurological disorders that cannot have Botox (ex. Myasthenia gravis)
Any post-procedure precautions?
The only restrictions are not having the head down for a prolonged period: no massages or exercise like yoga where you are face down. Do not touch or rub the injected site for 2-4 hours following treatment. Avoid facials and saunas the day of treatment. There can be a slight chance of bruising at the treated site, this is temporary. Be assured that any tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours of treatment. Avoid any type of facial, microdermabrasion, or massage for 14 days after treatment.
Any post-procedure recommendations?
Try to use the injected muscles for the first 1-2 hours after treatment: practice frowning, raising your eyebrows and squinting to have the Botox actively taken up in the muscles after the first hour. Although this is thought to help, this will not impact your treatment negatively if you forget.
Will I still be able to move my face?
When botox is done right, the patient has full control of motion and a more natural result. The injected muscle will relax, contractions will reduce and the area injected with the botox will be smoothed. However, if a patient requests a more frozen look, the dosage is altered to give the “no-movement” result they want.
Are there other uses for botox, except for aesthetics?
Going back to when botox started one will find out that it was originally used to treat neurological conditions. Even though it became more popular for its cosmetic purposes, botox is still used as a treatment for many issues, among which are migraines, back and neck pain, incontinence and arthritis.
Are there any risks?
The main risks of Botox are from the injection. Occasional bruising, mild soreness and occasional headache. Allergic reactions are extremely rare.
Do I need to be over 40 to start using Botox?
It’s not your age that determines when Botox is right for you, it’s the severity of your lines. In fact, 64% of plastic surgeons report seeing a rise in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments for patients in their early 30’s.
The truth is, everyone’s lines form differently. The timing can be influenced by a combination of factors, from cellular changes that may occur over time, to reduction of collagen, to genetic factors, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.
How frequently do we need to come back?
When your Botox wears off, usually in four to six months, your skin will be back where you started with lines and wrinkles in the same place. To maintain its benefits, you’ll need to come back several times per year.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox Cosmetic is FDA-approved and injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced injector. It has proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic protein when dosage, frequency of treatment, and variety of treated clinical conditions are considered. The best way to ensure you receive the results you are looking for is to only receive injections from a highly experienced provider, such as the medical and nursing professionals at HerMedSpa.